Aug 29 2018

Where to Find Me at Bouchercon

It’s the end of August, and Bouchercon is just around the corner. For me, the conference is always a reunion with my tribe. This year’s con is going to be a little hectic, because I don’t land until Thursday afternoon and I leave Sunday morning. That said, I’ve got a lot packed into the time I’m there:

Thursday, September 6, 8:30pm: Noir at the Bar: Bouchercon Edition! This is going to be a highlight of the entire conference. Take a look at the poster above, designed by Alex Segura, who’s co-hosting with Eric Beetner. That’s one helluva lineup. We’ll be at the Vinoy bar, which better be stadium-sized.

Friday, September 7, 10:15-10:30am and 11am-11:30am: Thomas & Mercer hospitality suite. Stop by to say hi, grab treats, and pick up some swag. (The odd timing is thanks to another commitment I have, so I’ll be popping in and out of the suite.)

Friday, September 7, 12pm-12:45pm: “A Nooner — The Sex Panel.” Christa Faust, Heather Graham, Greg Herren, Catriona McPherson, and I talk sex with moderator Helen Smith. If we don’t make you blush, nothing will.

Friday, September 7, 1pm-1:45pm: “Anthony Nominated Short Stories.” Yes, immediately after the Sex Panel, I’m on another panel, this time with my fellow nominees for Best Short Story: Susanna Calkins, Barb Goffman, Debra Goldstein, and Art Taylor (Art’s wife, Tara Laskowski, will moderate).

Saturday, September 8, 7pm: Anthony Awards. I’m up for Best Short Story for “My Side of the Matter” from the KILLING MALMON anthology. Read it for free!

I am incredibly sad that I’m going to miss the signing event for FLORIDA HAPPENS, the Bouchercon Anthology. It’s on Thursday starting at 1pm, and my plane lands about half an hour later. Bad timing on my part! Anyone who does want me to sign the book, please stop by one of my other events. I’d love to see you!


Aug 27 2018

Anthony Award Interviews

When I wrote “My Side of the Matter” for the KILLING MALMON anthology, I never dreamed it would end up as a finalist for an Anthony Award. It was an unusually tricky story to bring to life, for reasons that I talk about in the interviews below. I’m so grateful to Paula Benson and Debra H. Goldstein for taking this year’s Best Short Story finalists on a mini blog tour. Check out these pieces:

The Stiletto Gang: “Meet the 2018 Anthony Short Story Author Nominees!”

Writers Who Kill: “An Interview With the 2018 Anthony Nominated Short Story Authors”

Debra H. Goldstein: “2018 Anthony Awards — Short Stories”

Also you can read all of the finalists’ stories online. Here’s a direct link to “My Side of the Matter,” courtesy of Down & Out Books:

Read “My Side of the Matter” for free

At Bouchercon, the Best Short Story nominees have a panel together on Friday, September 7th, at 1pm. I’ll be posting my complete (crazy) conference schedule in the next couple of days. Hope to see you in St. Pete’s!


Aug 1 2018

Publishers Weekly on Florida Happens

The first review is in for Florida Happens, the 2018 Bouchercon anthology, and it is fantastic! Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say:

Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem, and Suspense from the Sunshine State Edited by Greg Herren. Three Rooms, $15.99 trade paper (284p) ISBN 978-1-941110-74-4

Big-name Florida crime authors such as Carl Hiassen, Randy Wayne White, and James W. Hall may be absent from this anthology of mostly current stories—a rather insipid Bernie Rhodenbarr story excerpted from a 1979 Lawrence Block novel and a strong 1956 story, “Hangover” by John D. MacDonald, being the exceptions—but Herren (Blood on the Bayou) still mines a lot of gold. In Hilary Davidson’s “Mr. Bones,” a pet owner finds poetic justice when her cat disappears. An ex-con tries to help a fellow resident of the Palm Heights Senior Assisted Living Center in Angel Luis Colón’s moving “Muscle Memory.” Eleanor Cawood Jones pulls a neat twist in “All Accounted for at the Hooray for Hollywood Hotel.” Debra Lattanzi Shutika’s “Frozen Iguana,” about a pair of amateur sleuths, offers an offbeat slice of Florida life. In Reed Farrel Coleman’s “The Ending,” old lovers part in surprising fashion, while Brendan DuBois’s heroine suffers an inconvenient flat tire in “Breakdown.” These 21 tales are testimony to the wealth of notable crime fiction rooted in the Sunshine State.(Sept.)

In case you’re not yet sold on this excellent collection, keep in mind that a portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children from birth to school age regardless of family income. Ready to pre-order? Click here.

 


Jul 11 2018

Two Events This Week

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far, and that shows no signs of slowing down! I’ve got two events coming up this week:

Thursday, July 12th, 7pm: Crime Night at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey! Come see me in conversation with my pals Alex Segura, Thomas Pluck, and Dave White. You know this one’s going to be a fun night.

Sunday, July 15th, 6pm: Noir at the Bar returns to Shade (241 Sullivan Street, NYC). Manhattan’s best bar hosts a stellar reading crew, including Rob Hart, Jennifer Hillier, Alex Segura, Danny Gardner, Kenneth Wishnia, James McCrone, Rick Ollerman, and me. Come one, come all.

 


May 16 2018

“Answered Prayers” in Ellery Queen

I grew up reading Ellery Queen, so there’s always a special thrill when I end up in its pages — and on its cover! My story “Answered Prayers” is in the current issue. The title is from a quote by Teresa Avila, a 16th-century Carmelite nun who said, “There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.” Here’s how the story begins:

“I’ve got a surprise for you,” Mark said, leaning toward me across the table. In the warm candlelight of the restaurant, he looked like a movie star.
     “A surprise?” I asked nervously. Lately, his passion for me had been cooling, and we’d seen less of each other. I’d been devastated at the thought he was losing interest, and I hadn’t been sleeping well.
     “Do you want to guess?”
     “Did you get a new job? At a new magazine?”
     He shook his head. “It’s not about work. Not this time.”
     “Is… is your wife going away for a conference?” My voice was tentative. “So we’ll be able to spend more time together?”
     He smiled at me. “We will be spending a lot more time together, Carrie, but not because of any conference. I’m leaving my wife.”
     I watched Mark, waiting for him to burst my bubble. He’d said these words before, but they’d always been neutered when he added “next year” or “in a few months.” We’d been dating for three years, during which my heart had seesawed up and down as my hopes rose and ebbed. I’d finally admitted to myself that he’d never leave his wife, that I was just like all the foolish lovers who believed a cheater’s promise. Only it suddenly seemed that I had him all wrong.

If you want to read more, the May/June 2018 issue of Ellery Queen is on newsstands now. You can also buy the issue online… but why not get a subscription?

 


May 9 2018

Two Award Nominations!

I have not one but two thrilling pieces of news: my story “Jerusalem Syndrome” is up for an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada… and my story “My Side of the Matter” is up for an Anthony Award! I couldn’t be happier or more grateful.

Short stories are my first love, and I’m honored that these two are getting so much attention, especially because they were written for anthologies dedicated to raising money for charity: “Jerusalem Syndrome” appears in Passport to Murder: Bouchercon Anthology 2017, with proceeds going to Frontier College, and “My Side of the Matter” appears in Killing Malmon, which raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. My thanks to everyone who has supported these causes! Also, congrats to Dan and Kate Malmon, who are also finalists for an Anthony Award for the Killing Malmon collection.


Mar 14 2018

More About The Night of the Flood

We had a launch party for THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD last Thursday at New York’s landmark Mysterious Bookshop. It was the day after a nor’easter hit, so three of the authors who’d planned to be there couldn’t make it in. But Ed Aymar, Angel Luis Colón, Jenny Milchman, and I were there, and we had a great Q&A and signed a big stack of books. If you’d like to buy one, please get in touch with the Mysterious Bookshop!

There are several new reviews and articles I want to share, starting with Ed Aymar’s terrific column in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Ed asked Shannon Kirk, J.J. Hensley, Gwen Florio, and me to talk about the societal issues that influenced out stories. Want to know what inspired me to write about domestic violence in “The Darkest Hour”?

More news and reviews:

“The gritty, intense compilation may be a source of discovery for some readers… The Night of the Flood is an unconventional, action-packed novel.” — Lesa’s Book Critiques

The Night of the Flood is a fun experiment with some fantastic storytelling.” — Unlawful Acts

Learn about our fictional town of Everton, PA — and win a copy of the book — over at Fresh Fiction.

Finally, Angel Luis Colón, Nick Kolakowski, and I are doing a reading at Kew & Willow Books this Friday night at 7pm. Hope to see you there!


Mar 5 2018

Happy Release Day to The Night of the Flood

Please join me in welcoming THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD to the world! This collaborative, noir-infused novel was truly an honor to be a part of. Thank you to E.A. (Ed) Aymar and Sarah M. Chen for being editors extraordinaire, Hank Phillippi Ryan for her beautiful introduction to the book, and to my coauthors Rob Brunet, Angel Luis Colón, Mark Edwards, Gwen Florio, Elizabeth Heiter, J.J. Hensley, Jennifer Hillier, Shannon Kirk, Jenny Milchman, Alan Orloff, and Wendy Tyson. A better group of co-conspirators would be impossible to find!

Check out the terrific reviews the book has been getting:

“An impressive collection of stories from some of the most talented writers working in the crime genre today.” — BOLO Books

“Aymar and Chen deserve kudos for putting together a distinctive anthology.” — Publishers Weekly

The Night of the Flood shines, showcasing talented writers making the most of an inventive starting point.” — Foreword Reviews (selected as Book of the Day)

“Some stories moved me while others made me think. I recommend it to readers who have an appetite for a book that’s very different.” — Shomeret: The Masked Reviewer

“Weaves troubling times in and out with each segment that will leave you eager for more with the next chapter.” — Dru’s Book Musings

You know you want this book! Hope to see you at Thursday’s launch party at New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop.


Mar 4 2018

Hanging Out With Writer Types

You know who’s a terrific interviewer? Eric Beetner. Ditto for S.W. Lauden. Their Writer Types podcast is a lot of fun, and I was lucky enough to be interviewed on it. I talk about THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD (of course) but somehow we also get around to raising a zombie army led by Eleanor of Aquitaine. Take a listen. 


Feb 27 2018

Coming Soon: The Night of the Flood

Next Tuesday, March 5th, is launch day for a project that’s something entirely new for me. THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD: A NOVEL IN STORIES is my first collaborative novel. The fourteen writers who took part — E.A. Aymar, Rob Brunet, Sarah M. Chen, Angel Luis Colón, Mark Edwards, Gwen Florio, Elizabeth Heiter, J.J. Hensley, Jennifer Hillier, Shannon Kirk, Jenny Milchman, Alan Orloff, Wendy Tyson, and me — wrote about a town coming apart at the seams. Here’s how our publisher, Down & Out Books, describes it:

It happened the night Maggie Wilbourne was to be put to death, the first woman executed by the state of Pennsylvania in modern times. That was when a group of women passionately protesting Maggie’s imprisonment struck. They blew up a local dam, flooding the town of Everton and indirectly inspiring a hellish night of crime and chaos.

Fourteen of today’s most exciting contemporary crime writers will take you to the fictional town of Everton, with stories from criminals, cops, and civilians that explore the thin line between the rich and the poor, the insider and the outsider, the innocent and the guilty. Whether it’s a store owner grimly protecting his property from looters, an opportunistic servant who sees her time to strike, or two misguided youths taking their anger out against any available victim, The Night of the Flood is an intricate and intimate examination of the moment when chaos is released—in both society and the human spirit.

The early reviews have been exciting. Lee Child called the book “A brave concept brilliantly executed.” BOLO Books said it was “An impressive collection of stories from some of the most talented writers working in the crime genre today.” (BOLO Books made my day by saying this about my story, “The Darkest Hour”: “This mini domestic thriller about a mother who will do anything to keep her children safe is a fast-paced and action-oriented story. I am loath to choose a favorite in this collection, but there is not denying that Davidson’s story is a real highlight.”) For more details, or to order the book, click here.

There will be a couple of events to celebrate the release of THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD in New York. On Thursday, March 8th, we’re having a party at The Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warren Street in Manhattan) starting at 6:30pm, and you’re invited. There will also be a reading at Kew & Willow Books (8163 Lefferts Blvd in Queens) on Friday, March 16th; again, all are welcome. If you can make it, I’d love to see you!